Local Behavioral Health Authority (LBHA)
The Prince George's County Local Behavioral Health Authority (LBHA) is responsible for planning, managing and monitoring the Public Behavioral Health System for Prince George’s County residents. It also provides information and referral services to individuals seeking mental health and substance use-related resources to facilitate access to care. The LBHA is comprised of the Core Service Agency (CSA) and Local Addiction Authority (LAA) and is the result of the integration of both of these two entities.
There are staff available to speak with you if you suspect that you or a family member has a mental health or substance-related problem. Although the LBHA does not provide direct behavioral health care, staff may be able to assist you with information and referral to the following:
- Services for persons with Medical Assistance or no insurance
- Specialty services for children, adults and the elderly
- Locating outpatient treatment services
- Locating case management services
- Locating residential treatment services
- Locating Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for substance use disorders
- Accessing crisis services
- Purchasing psychotropic medications in special situations
- Identifying support groups
- Peer and family recovery support groups
- Housing options including residential rehabilitation programs for individuals with mental illness
- Information about advocating for your child’s behavioral health needs
- Training opportunities
Behavioral Health Resources for Individuals and Families
- Crisis Resources
- Federally Qualified Health Centers
- Mental Health or Substance Use
- Support Groups
- Telehealth Providers
Federally Qualified Health Centers
Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are centers that provide both primary medical and behavioral health services. They provide care to individuals with public insurance (Medicaid and Medicare), private or commercial insurance, and also those without insurance. For those who do not have insurance, they offer services on a sliding scale basis based on your ability to pay. They also take extra care to provide services in many languages. The LBHA does not directly oversee the FQHCs but works with them to help support the behavioral health of our residents.
Mental Health or Substance Use Services
To access mental health or substance use services in Prince George's County, you can contact:
- Call 211 and press 1
- Visit 211 Website https://211md.org/
- Text 898-211 and enter your zip code
Administrative Service Organization (ASO), Optum Maryland
- For intake and referral to services funded by Medical Assistance call 1-800-888-1965.
Local Behavioral Health Authority
- Call (301) 856-9500
Telebehavioral Health Provider Locator Map
Find behavioral health services throughout Maryland. Many providers have expanded their services virtually (video conferencing and/or audio services).
Behavioral Health Resources for Children and Families
Many of the Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) have counselors dedicated to providing behavioral health treatment. You can contact the child's school for more information and click to learn more about the mental health resources provided by PGCPS here.
Local Care Team
If you are a caregiver or parent who is dealing with any of the following issues:
- Your child or family is involved with multiple agencies and you feel like you're getting nowhere.
- You think your child needs more services but you're not sure where to turn.
- You know what you need but you can't seem to locate the service locally.
- You feel overwhelmed and need to guide through the maze of reports and recommendations.
Please contact the Department of Family Services, Children, Youth and Families Division at (301) 265-8446 to find out more information about the Local Care Team.
Youth Services Bureaus
Several municipalities in the County also have additional services for those in their communities. The LBHA does not oversee the Youth Service Bureaus, but they are important resources for many of our residents.
- Bowie Youth & Family Services
- College Park Youth & Family Services
- District Heights Youth Services Bureau
- Greenbelt Cares
- Laurel Helping Youth Service Bureau
- Maryland Commitment to Veterans
- Prince George’s County Commission for Veterans
- VA Health Care Eligibility
Other Community Services
Grievances or Complaints
An important responsibility of the Local Behavioral Health Authority (LBHA) is the oversight and monitoring of licensed mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) programs and professionals in the public behavioral health system. The LBHA works closely with programs and their staff to make sure clients have adequate and appropriate services and that program operations are serving real needs. If a consumer, family member, or other concerned individual files a complaint, the LBHA will work with the individual who filed the complaint and the provider to address concerns and resolve any issues.
Requests for Letters of Support – Stakeholders and community members may request a letter of support for grant proposals and other projects. Please attach a draft letter that includes the organization’s contact information, description of the project, partnership with the LBHA (if applicable) and benefit to community residents.
Resources for Behavioral Health Providers
Telehealth services were temporarily expanded to ensure the availability of essential behavioral health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Ethics for Telehealth Services for Behavioral Health Providers Recorded Webinar
- Best Practices for Telehealth During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (National Council on Behavioral Health)
- Behavioral Health Administration
- Optum Maryland
- Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) - Title 10
- Accreditation and Licensing
To stay up-to-date with new and urgent information, all providers should sign up for Optum Provider Alerts by sending an email to marylandprovideralerts.optum.com.
Reporting COVID-19 Cases
Please fill out the BHA COVID-19 Positive Test Reporting Form to report positive COVID-19 cases among staff or clients for the following programs licensed, certified or funded by BHA to include Opioid Treatment Providers, American Society of Addiction Medicine Substance Use Disorder Residential Programs, Residential Crisis Beds, Recovery Residences, Residential Rehabilitation Programs (RRPs), Group Homes and other Congregate Living Facilities. Click here for more information about BHA’s protocol for reporting positive Covid-19 test results.
Visit the Prince George’s County COVID-19 Website for the latest information, news and updates.
- Maryland Department of Health Covid-19 Website
- Updated behavioral health COVID-19 related FAQs
- ASAM Residential SUD Treatment Providers
- Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and Mobile Treatment Services Teams (March 31)
- Clinicians (March 13)
- Crisis Support Program for Frontline Workers (June 17)
- Opioid Treatment Programs (OTP): Frequently Asked Questions (June 4)
- Recovery Residences and Residential Rehabilitation Programs (March 17)
- Small Group Home or Congregate Facility Settings
- Therapeutic Group Homes and Residential Treatment Centers (RTC) (March 30)
- Wellness Recovery Centers and Recovery Community Centers Closures (March 25)